John Leslie (director)
|Born||John Leslie Nuzzo
January 25, 1945
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||December 5, 2010
Mill Valley, California, U.S.
|Other names||John Lestor, Lenny Kent, John Leslie Dupree, John Leslie Dupré, Louie T. Beagle, Louis T. Beagle, John Lesley, John Lessly, Frederick Watson|
John Leslie Nuzzo (January 25, 1945 – December 5, 2010) was a prolific pornographic film actor-director-producer. Usually credited under the name John Leslie, he has also worked under a variety of pseudonyms, including John Leslie Dupre, Frederick Watson, and Lenny Lovely.
Along with Ron Jeremy, Jamie Gillis, John Holmes, and Harry Reems, Leslie was one of the stalwart male stars of the Golden Age of Porn, when blue movies had to have narratives to avoid prosecution, were shot on film with pretensions of quality production values, and were frequently shown in mainstream movie houses.
After the eclipse of Holmes due to drug and legal problems, Leslie inherited the mantle of the porn industry's top male superstar with the success of Talk Dirty To Me in 1980. He eventually starred in over 300 porn films before making the transition to director.
Leslie was born into an Italian-American family in Pittsburgh in 1945. As a young man, he moved to Michigan, where he supported himself as a bartender while trying to make it as a musician. Leslie was a vocalist who played harmonica in a blues band.
Beginning with 1973's Sensuous Delights, Leslie was a performer in almost 300 adult films and won numerous awards during his days as a performer. He appeared with some of the era's most noted porn stars, including Traci Lords, Seka, Kay Parker, and Annette Haven. His most noteworthy roles were in Dracula Sucks (aka Lust At First Bite) (1978), Pretty Peaches (1979), Nothing To Hide (1981), and Talk Dirty To Me, Part II (1982).
He was one of the first porn actors to make the transition from performing to directing, beginning with 1987's Nightshift Nurses. Since then he directed more than 90 adult movies, including The Chameleon (1989), Curse of the Catwoman (1992), Dog Walker (1994), and Drop Sex (1997), along with the Voyeur, Fresh Meat, and Crack Her Jack series. He won many awards for his work behind the cameras as well. Though much of his later work, in keeping with current trends in adult video, was in the gonzo genre, such as the "Fresh Meat" and "Crack Her Jack" series, Leslie continued to make feature films, or "sex dramas"; most recently, in 2007 he directed the film Brianna Love, Her Fine, Sexy Self.
In the early 1970s, he was a vocalist and harmonica player for the The Brooklyn Blues Busters, a southeastern Michigan-based musical group, sometimes accompanying John Lee Hooker. The Brooklyn Blues Busters were the backing band for Victoria Spivey during the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival. Nuzzo also worked as a bartender in the early 1970s at Mr. Flood's Party, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
According to researched records and consumer consensus word of mouth gathered from the late classic porn historian Jim Holliday, who was also a market salesman and demographics expert, Leslie was said to have been the most fan requested and overall popular male star of the 70s Golden Age of adult film.
Leslie's last appearance was in the 2010 documentary After Porn Ends, which was about life after being a porn actor. John Leslie died on December 5, 2010 of a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley, California at the age of 65.
As a performer:
- 1977 AFAA Award - Best Supporting Actor (Coming of Angels)
- 1980 AFAA Award - Best Actor (Talk Dirty to Me)
- 1980 CAFA Award - Best Actor (Talk Dirty to Me)
- 1981 AFAA Award - Best Actor (Wicked Sensations)
- 1982 AFAA Award - Best Actor (Talk Dirty to Me 2)
- 1982 CAFA Award - Best Actor (Talk Dirty to Me 2)
- 1984 AFAA Award - Best Actor (Dixie Ray & Every Woman has a Fantasy) - tied with himself for both movies
- 1984 XRCO Award - Best Copulation Scene (Every Woman has a Fantasy)
- 1985 AFAA Award - Best Supporting Actor (Taboo 4)
- 1985 AVN Award - Best Supporting Actor, Film (Firestorm)
- 1986 XRCO Award - Best Actor (Every Woman has a Fantasy 2)
- 1988 AVN Award - Best Actor, Film (Firestorm 2)
- 1988 XRCO Award - Best Actor (Beauty and the Beast)
As a director:
- 1987 XRCO Award - Best Director, Video (Nightshift Nurses)
- 1988 XRCO Award - Best Director (Catwoman)
- 1989 AVN Award - Best Director, Video for Catwoman)
- 1992 XRCO Award - Best Film (Chameleons: Not The Sequel)[dead link]
- 1994 XRCO Award - Best Film (Dog Walker)
- 1994 XRCO Award - Best Director
- 1995 AVN Award - Best Director, Film (Dog Walker)
- 1995 AVN Award - Best Director, Video (Bad Habits)
- 1997 AVN Award - Best All-Sex Release (John Leslie's Fresh Meat 3)
- 1997 XRCO Award - Best Director
- 1998 AVN Award - Best All-Sex Release (John Leslie's Fresh Meat 4)
- 1998 XRCO Award - Best Director
- 1999 AVN Award - Best All-Sex Release (John Leslie's Fresh Meat 5)
- 1999 AVN Award - Best Director, Video (The Lecher 2)
- 2000 AVN Award - Best All-Sex Release (The Voyeur 12)
- 1989 AVN Award - Best Screenplay, Video (Catwoman) with Mark Weiss
- 1995 AVN Award - Best Screenplay, Film (Dog Walker)
- Nicolas Barbano: Verdens 25 hotteste pornostjerner (Rosinante, Denmark 1999) ISBN 87-7357-961-0: Features a chapter on him.
- "Thedeadrockstarsclub.com". Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- Berton, Justin (9 December 2010). "John Nuzzo, a.k.a. porn star John Leslie, dies". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "AVN Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "Legends of Erotica". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "CineSource Magazine". Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- "Rame awards list". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- MayorDefacto. "Transcript of the video A Night of Legends: First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards". Retrieved 2008-08-09.
- "Past AVN Award Winners". Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "Movies". 16 February 1988. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- "BEST OF 1993-2002". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Leslie (director).|
- John Leslie at Find a Grave
- John Leslie at the Internet Movie Database
- John Leslie at the Internet Adult Film Database
- John Leslie at the Adult Film Database